Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail at Mordialloc Sailing Club: We run Sail Training in our regular sailing season which starts the first week of October and runs till the end of April. The club usually holds two courses each sailing season consisting of 6 sessions on Saturday Mornings from 8:30am until 11:30am before the regular afternoon club racing.The first of these commences in October and concludes at the end of November and the second commences in February and concludes in March or early April depending on Public holidays. Sessions will not be run on weekends aligned to Public holidays.The Mordialloc Sailing Club’s Sail Training Program aims to provide a bridge for people of all ages to get into and enjoy sailing. Our hope is that trainees will continue to enjoy the sport and participate in our program of club racing or social sailing.

Discover Sailing Centre: Mordialloc Sailing Club is an accredited Australian Sailing “Discover Sailing Centre” and caters for kids, juniors and adults from beginners through to advanced levels. The programs include off-water theory plus on-water sailing using club boats (also known as dinghies).We run two Sail Training Programs.

Tackers: Tackers provides kids (7-13 years old) with a fun and safe experience. Mordialloc Sailing Club is an accredited provider of the Tackers Sail Training Program. Click here for information on Tackers.

Dinghy Program: Dinghy Sail Training programs cater for both juniors and adults from beginners to advanced levels. It includes off-water theory plus on-water sailing using club boats (Pacers and Lasers).

Pacer dinghies provide a good introduction to sailing. These are able to accommodate an on-board instructor in addition to a crew of 2. Mordialloc Sailing Club has 8 Pacers and the a couple of Lasers dinghies for those at intermediate and advanced levels. If you have your own dinghy and wish to use this for the training, this may also be arranged if suitable.

All sail trainees get to use the club’s computerised sailing simulator. This helps to rapidly ‘learn the ropes’ and refine sailing skills further.

On the water, the club’s inflatable patrol boats are used to provide supervision and instruction.

Instruction is provided by Mordialloc Sailing Club members, all volunteers, who have Instructor accreditation from Australian Sailing.

Start Sailing 1 – for beginners
Beginners with none or little sailing experience commence with the Start Sailing 1 course. To view the session dates for the next course in February – March 2018 you can download the Dinghy Course Dates for 2017-18 season v2 here.
Missing one or two of these sessions can easily be made up in any of the remaining Saturday mornings through to the end of the sailing season (end of April).
What to Bring

Trainees are required to bring appropriate clothing that will allow them to get wet and still remain warm in the wind. Suggested clothing includes a long sleeve top (NOT wool or cotton) plus a spray jacket, or alternatively a wetsuit. In addition you will require some footwear (old runners/sandshoes will suffice) plus sunglasses and a hat for protection from the sun. Trainees must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres.

Sailing boats, rescue craft, life jackets, course notes, and logbooks are all supplied.

All these requirements are discussed and demonstrated at the Orientation session prior to the first sail training session of each course.

Training Fees

Training fees consist of:

  • 6 training sessions run by accredited Australian Sailing Instructors
  • Use of MSC training yachts
  • MSC club polo shirt
  • Start Sailing Right book for Start Sailing courses
  • MSC & Australian Sailing / Yachting Victoria Membership.

Club membership provides trainees with full access to all club facilities and privileges.

Type 2017 – 2018 Training Fee
Junior Aged under 19 years on June 30 $290.00
Intermediate or Senior Aged 19 and over on June 30 $360.00
Existing MSC Member Using MSC club training yachts $205.00
Existing MSC Member Using your own yacht (must be approved by Instructor) $180.00



You may lodge your Registration Of Interest in the Dinghy Sail Training courses below and the Sail Training coordinator will contact you to answer any questions you might have on this program. If not contacted within 2 weeks (possible failure of automated Registration to reach our Coordinator) please phone or email the Sail Training Coordinator directly (see contact details below).
When satisfied this sailing program is what you are after you can download the Dinghy Start Sailing 1 Application Feb-Mar-2018 complete and return to the Sail Training Coordinator

Course numbers are limited by available training boats and volunteer Instructors however every effort will be made to look after all enquiries.

For further information contact our Sail Training Coordinator Dale Collings on 0415 595 754 or training@mordiallocsc.com.au

Registration for Tackers is on our Tackers page.

Your Registration of Interest for Dinghy Sail training can be submitted below:

Dinghy Sail Training - Registration of Interest Form

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How did you hear about the Sail Training at Mordialloc Sailing Club?

What do you want from sail training: (tick as many as you wish)

 Learn Basic Sailing Skills

 To have lots of FUN

 Learn to Skipper a yacht

 To sail single handed

 To purchase my own yacht

 Learn Yacht Racing Skills

 To sail with other Tackers

 Learn Crewing Skill

 To sail with others

 To join a friendly sailing club

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